Articles

Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught? | Jennifer Kahn
September 11, 2013

Six Principles for Developing Humility as a Leader | John Dame & Jeffrey Gedmin
September 9, 2013

What's the Point of Creativity? | Dan Pallotta
September 9, 2013

Why Kitchens are Better Than Conference Rooms | Tim Brown
September 3, 2013

Google Crunches Data on Munching in Office | Cecilia Kang
September 1, 2013

What Stops Leaders from Showing Compassion | Roger Schwarz
August 29, 2013

Can a Messy Desk Make You More Creative? | Tom Jacobs
August 27, 2013

We Love Our Space, Here’s Why | Anna Bloom
February 21, 2013

Six Habits of Highly Empathic People | Roman Krznaric
February 4, 2013

To Boost Creativity, Study Abroad | Tom Jacobs
August 6, 2012

Lost Stories Applied Creativity History | GK VanPatter
February 21, 2012


Books

Change
Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation by Tim Brown
Leading Change by John P. Kotter
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck
“Seven Careers in a Lifetime?” | Carl Bialik | Wall Street Journal
Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity | Robert W. Fairlie
Leading Through Connections: Insights from the IBM Global Chief Executive Officer Study | IBM Global Business Services

Risk
Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk by Peter L. Bernstein
Taking Smart Risks: How Sharp Leaders Win When Stakes are High by Doug Sundheim
Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries by Peter Sims
Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Systems Thinking
Thinking in Systems: A Primer by Donella H. Meadows
Business Dynamics: Systems Thinking and Modeling for a Complex World by John D. Sterman
The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization by Peter M. Senge
Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software by Steven Johnson
Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, and the Economic World by Kevin Kelly
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

Intuition
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
Intuition: Its Powers and Perils by David G. Myers
Strategic Intuition: The Creative Spark in Human Achievement by William Duggan

Social Intelligence
PeopleSmart: Developing Your Interpersonal Intelligence by Melvin L. Silberman
Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relation-ships by Daniel Goleman
The Power of the Herd: A Nonpredatory Approach to Social Intelligence, Leadership, and Innovation by Linda Kohanov
The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement by David Brooks

GSD
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
The One-Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard, Ph.D. and Spencer Johnson, M.D.
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

Co-Creation
Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything by Donald Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams
The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom by Yochai Benkler
Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration by Keith Sawyer
Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of Business by Jeff Howe
“Givers Take All: The Hidden Dimension of Corporate Culture” | Adam Grant | McKinsey Quarterly
“To Drive Creativity, Add Some Conformity” | Ella Miron-Spektor, Miriam Erez, and Eitan Naveh | Harvard Business Review

Networks & Communities
Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives by Nicholas A. Christakis and James H. Fowler
Sync: How Order Emerges From Chaos In the Universe, Nature, and Daily Life by Steven H. Strogatz
Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means for Business, Science, and Everyday Life by Albert-László Barabási

Mentoring
A Game Plan for Life: The Power of Mentoring by John Wooden and Don Yaeger
Monday Morning Leadership: 8 Mentoring Sessions You Can’t Afford to Miss by David Cottrell
Mentoring: The Tao of Giving and Receiving Wisdom by Chungliang Al Huang and Jerry Lynch

Company Culture
Grow: How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the World’s Greatest Companies by Jim Stengel
Absolute Honesty: Building a Corporate Culture that Values Straight Talk and Rewards Integrity by Larry Johnson and Bob Phillips
The Designful Company: How to Build a Culture of Nonstop Innovation by Marty Neumeier

Care & Feeding of Employees
Love ’em or Lose ’em: Getting Good People to Stay by Beverly L. Kaye
Managing with Carrots: Using Recognition to Attract and Retain the Best People by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton
The Carrot Principle: How the Best Managers Use Recognition to Engage Their People, Retain Talent, and Accelerate Performance by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton
First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman
Lloyd’s Risk Index | Lloyd’s

Work Environment
Workplace by Design: Mapping the High-Performance Workscape
by Franklin Becker and Fritz Steele
Best of Office Architecture and Design by Cindy Allen
Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration by Scott Doorley and Scott Witthoft
I Wish I Worked There! A Look Inside the Most Creative Spaces in Business by Kursty Groves and Will Knight

“The positive impact of office design” | Martin Atkinson

“The Eureka Hunt: Why Do Good Ideas Come to Us When They Do?” | Jonah Lehrer | The New Yorker

Generational Preferences: A Glimpse into the Future Office | Michael O’Neill | Knoll Workplace Research

“The Benefits of Plants in the Workplace” | WorkDesign magazine

Positive Passion
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
The Fred Factor: How Passion in Your Work and Life Can Turn the Ordinary into the Extraordinary by Mark Sanborn and John C. Maxwell
Work with Passion: How to Do What You Love for a Living by Nancy Anderson
Make the Impossible Possible: One Man’s Crusade to Inspire Others to Dream Bigger and Achieve the Extraordinary by Bill Strickland and Vince Rause

“Do Happier People Work Harder?” | Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer | New York Times

Expertise
The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How by Daniel Coyle
Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better by Doug Lemov, Erica Woolway, and Katie Yezzi
Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School | John D. Bransford | National Academy Press

Problem Solving
Problem Solving 101: A Simple Book for Smart People by Ken Watanabe
The Thinker’s Toolkit: 14 Powerful Techniques for Problem Solving by Morgan D. Jones
The Power of Thinking Differently: An Imaginative Guide to Creativity, Change, and the Discovery of New Ideas by Javy W. Galindo
Divergent Thinking (Creativity Research Series) by Mark A. Runco

Permission to Fail
Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error by Kathryn Schulz
Better by Mistake: The Unexpected Benefits of Being Wrong by Alina Tugend
The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings on Authenticity, Connection, and Courage by Brené Brown
Brilliant Mistakes: Finding Success on the Far Side of Failure by Paul J. H. Schoemaker
The Wisdom of Failure: How to Learn the Tough Leader-ship Lessons Without Paying the Price by Laurence G. Weinzimmer and Jim McConoughey

Playful Work
Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul by Stuart Brown
Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play-Element in Culture by Johan Huizinga
Creative Intelligence: Harnessing the Power to Create, Connect, and Inspire by Bruce Nussbaum

Iteration & Evolution
Organizations Evolving by Howard Aldrich and Martin Ruef
Dealing with Darwin: How Great Companies Innovate at Every Phase of Their Evolution by Geoffrey A. Moore
The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries
The Science of Serendipity: How to Unlock the Promise of Innovation by Matt Kingdon

“The Billion-Dollar Startup: Inside Obama’s Campaign Tech” | Nick Kolakowski | Slashdot
Reducing Risk and Increasing the Probability of Project Success | Cliff Murphy

Integrity
Integrity: The Courage to Meet the Demands of Reality by Dr. Henry Cloud
The Integrity Dividend: Leading by the Power of Your Word by Tony Simons
Honest Business: A Superior Strategy for Starting and Managing Your Own Business by Michael Phillips and Salli Rasberry
True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership by Bill George and Peter Sims
All Marketers Are Liars: The Underground Classic That Explains How Marketing Really Works—and Why Authenticity Is the Best Marketing of All by Seth Godin

Humility
Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error by Kathryn Schulz
Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, and Leadership by John Dickson
The Servant: A Simple Story about the True Essence of Leadership by James C. Hunter
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t by Jim Collins

Engaging Leadership: Creating Organisations That Maximise the Potential of Their People | Beverly Alimo-Metcalfe and John Alban-Metcalfe
“CEO Humility and Its Relationship with Middle Manager Behaviors and Performance: Examining the CEO-Middle Manager Interface” | Yi Ou

Generosity
Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success by Adam Grant
The Generosity Factor: Discover the Joy of Giving Your Time, Talent, and Treasure by Ken Blanchard and S. Truett Cathy
More or Less: Choosing a Lifestyle of Excessive Generosity by Jeff Shinabarger

Originality
Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Curious? Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life by Todd B. Kashdan
Pathfinders: A Global History of Exploration by Felipe Fernández-Armesto
The Dynamics of Creation by Anthony Storr
Creating Minds: An Anatomy of Creativity Seen Through the Lives of Freud, Einstein, Picasso, Stravinsky, Eliot, Graham, and Gandhi by Howard E. Gardner

“Has Hollywood Lost Its Way?” | Andrew S. Allen